Knoxville Museum of Art announces opening of renovated Junior League of Knoxville Exploratory Gallery


Bright colors and sunlight fill the gallery where children can create their own artwork using rolls of paper on easels and hang them on the wall-mounted fridge door. Children may also choose to construct their own miniature room, make designs on the wall-size light board, and don dress-up clothes to become part of a painting from the KMA collection.  Additionally, they can relax on a couch or bean bag and read one of the many children’s art books that are available.  Behind the Exploratory Gallery, two new classrooms were created where children’s art classes will be held.  

“We are very excited about the new exploratory gallery space,” said David Butler, KMA’s executive director.  “Children as well adults will find the gallery inviting and fun.  We pride ourselves on being a family-oriented museum and this new exploratory gallery encompasses that philosophy.  We are grateful to the Junior League for its ongoing support in this endeavor.”

To celebrate the reopening of the Exploratory Gallery, all adults accompanied by children will receive free admission to the museum through the month of May. Children under the age of 17 always receive free admission.  

The Knoxville Museum of Art serves East Tennessee with outstanding exhibitions and educational programs. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m.  Parking is free.  Admission prices are $5 for adults and free to members and children 17 and under. Admission is free on Tuesdays. For more information contact Angela Thomas at (865) 934-2034 or visit